"Marley & Me" author does not want you to buy his book!

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"Marley & Me" author does not want you to buy his book!

Jun 08 2007

John Grogan, author of "Marley & Me" does not want you to buy or read the forthcoming collection of his newspaper columns from Vanguard Press, Bad Dogs Have More Fun (Sept 07). He is so unhappy about the book's publication that his agent has sent a letter to the publishing community distancing him from the project.

Vanguard struck a deal for the book directly with the Inquirer, which owns the rights to the columns, and Grogan was not given any advance notice. "I was totally blindsided by it," Grogan said. "It just seems like common courtesy, and basic professional behavior, to at least give the writer a phone call to say, 'We're thinking of doing this.'" Grogan also believes the book, which features an image of a puppy on the cover, is shamefully trying to piggyback on the success of his smash bestseller. "This has nothing to do with wanting to publish my columns and everything to do with [Vanguard and the Inquirer] getting a piece of this very large audience I have with Marley & Me." said Grogan.

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